Rewilding is a concept and movement that is unlike anything we have seen before. It is a challenge against many of the longstanding assumptions of our culture. Our founder and director, Peter Michael Bauer, has been writing and teaching about this movement since the early 2000s. He created these courses to help break down the ideas and philosophy behind rewilding in a deep and personal way, with readings, lecture, and most importantly, group discussions. We are happy to offer these philosophy courses and will continue to add more as people yearn to delve into deeper aspects of rewilding with us.
Prehistoric Skills, Practices, and Ideas for a Resilient Future
Learn how rewilding improves quality of life and helps us understand humanity’s ancient strategies of interacting with the land and each other. Gain awareness of the social and environmental hazards that arise with civilization. Examine the various groups that are rewilding around the world and how you can follow their lead.
Mondays, May 1st, 8th, 15th, 29th || 7:00–8:30 pm
The Myths and Mysteries of Prehistory
Is there such a thing as “human nature,” and if so, what is it? The human story begins 3 million years ago, but written history dates back a mere few thousand years. Only within the last several decades have we begun to decode the origin of our species. This course will take us to the brink of what we know and what we don’t, while we all discuss and ponder the possibilities together. This examination of prehistory offers a window into who we are, where we’ve come from, and where we need to go.
Tuesdays, May 2nd, 9th, 16th, 30th || 7:00–8:30 pm
Rewilding in Theory and Practice
This course takes rewilding from the theoretical to the practical. We will cover how to integrate the ideas and concepts of rewilding into your life personally, collectively, and institutionally. We will work as a think tank, beginning to paint the mosaic of rewilding and assessing how various actions contribute to a larger vision.
CLASS DATES TBA FALL 2017
Rewilding and Social Justice
This class is about understanding the power structure of civilization and how it creates barriers to rewilding. What are those barriers and how do we begin to dismantle them? What can we do immediately? What can we begin to plan? How can we band together, across our many divides (class, race, gender, etc.)? This class isn’t the answer but is a way of starting the conversation.
Tuesdays, June 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th || 7:00–8:30 pm
Animism and the Nature of the Universe
Taught by Mythic Cartographer and Thermodynamics of Emotion creator Willem Larsen, this course is an advanced look at the inner workings of existence.